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Your arrival at The Tasman in Hobart might seem a little understated due to the hotel’s low key entrance. But don’t be fooled. The Tasman is unlike any hotel you’ve been to before, with a fusion of historic Georgian architecture, Art Deco style, and modern contemporary design that takes you into a labyrinth of luxury and elegance that has many hidden surprises.

The Tasman Entrance
The Tasman entrance is luxe yet understated

The reason for the surprise factor is that no two rooms are the same thanks to the hotel’s multi-era heritage combined with a modern rework and design. The Tasman has 152 unique rooms and suites, each with their own distinct character, depending on the room category and the building the room is in. This means that no stay at The Tasman is ever the same (unless you keep requesting your favourite room each time you stay, of course).

Upon entering reception, a friendly porter took our bags and my wife and I were escorted to the reception desk just a few steps away. We received a warm Tassie welcome from the receptionist who promptly retrieved our booking details and in no time, we had our keys and suggestions for what to do at the hotel. We booked in for pre-dinner drinks at the bar, dinner in the restaurant, and high tea at the Art Deco lounge. Excellent choices as it turned out, as all of these experiences were impressive and many steps above the usual hotel drinking and dining options.

The Tasman A Luxury Collection Aurora Suite
The Aurora Suite at The Tasman

The receptionist also shared some insider tips on nearby attractions, galleries, cafes, and alternative dining options, adding a lovely personal touch to our arrival. Getting to our room was a bit of a challenge as there is signage but it is understated. However, once we found the lifts the rest of our stay was easy as reception and all of the drinking and dining venues at the hotel are located on the ground floor.

We stayed in a  Panoramic King room with water views that took in Hobart’s Constitution Dock area and the Derwent River. We also had a marble bathroom complete with a bathtub and adjacent rain shower and views (if you would like to be an exhibitionist; otherwise you’ll need to keep the blinds closed).

The Tasman Panoramic Water View Room
The Tasman’s Panoramic King Water View Room

The room is impressively large at 38sqm and came with all the mod cons like a flat-screen TV, coffee pod machine, mini bar and lovely king bed. It felt very luxurious and had a sense of occasion about it that made it perfect for a romantic getaway or special weekend away. And, of course, the fact it was a Panoramic suite meant the view of Hobart’s waterfront was superb.

All rooms come with similar inclusions as our room, except for the bathtub which not many rooms have. That said, there are 14 different room categories so if you have something particular in mind (e.g. a bathtub) or you’re coming to the hotel for a special occasion, it could be a good idea to give The Tasman a call and chat through the different room options to see which one is the best choice for you.

St David’s Park Suite Signature Bathtub
St David’s Park Suite signature bathtub

One of the (many) things we loved about The Tasman was its choice of rooms with multiple options from heritage with no view to Art Deco with a city view or contemporary with water views. All room types have loads of character and style, but I must confess that after taking a look at the heritage suite with views of St David’s Park and a fireplace, I would definitely return to stay in this style of room. It was very cosy and romantic, although it didn’t have the spectacular water views of our suite. Your choice of room really comes down to what type of experience you’re after and the type of vibe you prefer.

The Tasman's St David’s Park Suite
The Tasman’s St David’s Park Suite

While the Aurora Suite is the hotel’s top suite, surprisingly it wasn’t our top choice. We fell in love with the St David’s Park Suite which is very large and located in the heritage Georgian wing of The Tasman. We felt it really encapsulated the classic luxury and grand style of the hotel, despite the fact it didn’t have the water views of the Aurora Suite. The St David’s Park Suite really is something special.

It’s high ceiling is crafted from Baltic Pine and takes the form of an inverted boat hull and the suite also has views overlooking St David’s Park, a fireplace and exposed sandstone walls, and a bespoke wood bathtub that (almost) looks too good to use. This suite is not only unique with its heritage but a truly one of a kind room that you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re planning a proposal, this is the place!

The Tasman's St David’s Park Suite Lounge
The Tasman’s St David’s Park Suite Lounge

For dining, there’s Peppina, an Italian restaurant that’s won multiple awards and is one of the finest restaurants in Tasmania. The menu offers a variety of classic Italian pasta, mains, and desserts with a unique Tasmanian twist, thanks to the fantastic local seafood and produce, and is a hit with locals and visitors alike. An added option for those staying in-house is an excellent selection of in-room dining from Peppina. With rooms this beautiful, it’s tempting to take up this option on at least one night.

Peppina also serves breakfast, with eggs made to order and a buffet selection that is so spectacular, Hobart locals come here as well which is extremely unusual for a hotel breakfast.

Down the hall from Peppina, we indulged our sweet tooth at the aptly named Deco Lounge. This is a delightful Art Deco inspired space with a choice of alfresco or fireside seating. Here you’ll find coffee, morning tea options like muffins, lunch and a fabulous High Tea with savoury and sweet delights that are as impressive as they are delicious. The high tea is served with a glass of Tasmanian bubbles.

The Tasman  Art Deco Lounge
The Tasman’s Art Deco Lounge

Mary Mary cocktail bar is another must-try experience at The Tasman. This  speakeasy-style cocktail bar is steeped in history with sandstone walls, a fireplace, and intimate lighting. Mary Mary is also a beacon for sophisticated locals so make sure you book a table. This intimate bar has an extensive spirit library, cocktail menu and wine list and staff who are exceptional at recommending the right cocktail and wine.

Mary Mary Cocktail Bar
Mary Mary cocktail bar at The Tasman

Some hotel drinking and dining options can be hit and miss, but at The Tasman we had the opposite experience. After trying all three options, it was no surprise they were all VERY popular and filled with locals in the know. We would not hesitate to visit all of these venues again when we were next in Hobart, whether or not we were lucky enough to be staying at The Tasman.

Other features at The Tasman include a fitness centre, multiple meeting rooms, and a private dining room for special occasions or events. In addition, there is an exceptional selection of boutique experiences that The Tasman can organise at an added fee, such as an Epicurean Explorer Adventure for food lovers and a Skygazer Evening for a winter night photography adventure.

The Tasman Peppina Restaurant
Breakfast at The Tasman

Overall, The Tasman is a hotel you’ll want to visit multiple times, not just to try out all the different room options but to enjoy the fabulous service that’s on offer here. After spending four nights at the hotel, it felt like we were saying goodbye to friends, that’s how good and how friendly the staff were. We weren’t the only ones bidding them a fond goodbye at check out time. Add in-house drinking and dining options that are worth staying in for and a prime location in the centre of town, and you’ve got the perfect Hobart stay with a genuine ‘Wow!’ factor.

Disclosure: The writers stayed as guests of The Tasman and highly recommend the hotel and its in-house drinking and dining options.

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Trevor Templeman is a photographer and writer who travels the world capturing the essence of locations through their landscape, architecture and people. His words and photographs are published in magazines, newspapers and online around the world.